Brexit: Britain pushes to talk about future but EU wants divorce bill negotiations first
Source : NewsBharatiDate : 28-Aug-2017
London, August 28: British officials arrive in Brussels on Monday to push the EU towards talks about their post-Brexit ties, which the bloc refuses to do without an agreement first on London’s exit bill and other divorce issues.
A third round of Brexit talks takes place more than a year after Britons voted in a referendum to leave the European Union, delivering an unprecedented blow to the post-World War Two European integration.
Chief Brexit negotiators, the EU Michael Barnier and Britain’s David Davis will meet tomorrow to summon the technical talks on expatriate rights, divorce bill and “other separation issues.” Senior officials will also tackle the conundrum of the future border between EU state Ireland and the United Kingdom’s Northern Ireland.
Britain will be urging the bloc to show “imagination” and focus discussion on these future ties rather than just on the divorce settlement. On Sunday, the opposition Labour Party said it would keep Britain in the European single market and customs union for a transitional period after Brexit, offering a clear alternative to the policies of Prime Minister Theresa May.
“Both the UK and the EU have an interest to move forward quickly in negotiations and that requires us to make sufficient progress on citizens’ rights, on the financial settlement on Ireland,” said a senior EU official involved in the talks.
While there is some convergence on safeguarding the rights of EU citizens residing in Britain and Britons living on the continent, more technical work is needed. The Irish issue, extremely delicate because of the violent history between the two communities there, is fraught with economic consequences and politically complex.
But both highlight that time is scarce as the negotiations should conclude well before the provisional Brexit date of March 2019 to leave time for ratification and approval procedures of any deal by Britain, EU states and the bloc's parliament.